Grand Canyon University forms new College of Arts and Sciences

May 18, 2011

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                                  The College of Health Sciences and the College of Liberal arts merge 

PHOENIX (May 18, 2011) - Grand Canyon University (GCU) merged two colleges this month to form a new college that will offer quality instruction to approximately 2,000 on-campus students and 10,000 online students this fall.

GCU's new College of Arts and Sciences will encompass a variety of programs, including biomedical and health science; healthcare administration, education and services; humanities; social and behavioral studies; and Christian studies. Many of the programs, such as justice studies and forensic science, will blend nicely together to create natural partnerships.

"The humanities and the sciences tend to think differently," said Dr. Mark Wooden, dean of the new college. "Now, students will be able to work together to create a synergy as they discover things they hadn't thought of before."

The new college's mission is to provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional achievement, responsible global citizenship, and servant leadership in accordance with the University's vision, mission and Christian heritage.

As part of this transition, GCU's nursing programs will be separated from the other health sciences programs under a new College of Nursing.

Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is Arizona's premier private Christian university. GCU is regionally accredited and emphasizes individual attention for both traditional undergraduate students and the working professional in six colleges: the Ken Blanchard College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Nursing, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Fine Arts and Production, and the College of Doctoral Studies. GCU offers traditional campus-based programs, as well as online bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs.  The University's curriculum fuses academic and clinical rigor with Christian values to prepare its students to be skilled, caring professionals. For more information about GCU, visit